Ever since the HTC 10 was unveiled, it has been full of praise thanks to its magnificent design as always in addition to top-of-the-table specs and features.
In a bid to try and recapture its dying market, Japanese OEM Sony dropped the Xperia Z family of smartphones and replaced it with a new line of Xperia X family, led by the Xperia X Performance. So, how do these two compete against each other with respect to specs, features, and price?
Let’s find out…..
Design and display
HTC 10 came in with a full-metal body with dimensions that see the device get 9mm thickness and a weight of 161 grams. As far as the color variants are concerned, the 10 has gray, red, gold and silver. On the other hand, Sony Xperia X Performance also features a metallic chassis instead of the usual glass used on Z models’ rear. It is slightly thinner with its 8.7mm of thickness but this doesn’t make it lighter than the 10 with its 164.4 grams. Sony added some sugar to what is already sweet by including an IP68 rating, meaning the phone is protected against damages from dust and water.
Moving on to the display units, the Xperia X Performance has a 5-inch IPS LCD display unit with Full HD and Triluminos technology on board. As for the HTC 10, it is the first international HTC variant to feature a QHD display panel. The screen size is slightly larger than the X Performance at 5.2 inches, but this difference is negligible. Unlike Sony, HTC went for a Super LCD5 panel for its flagship.
Given that the two smartphones are 2016 flagships, they come packed with the latest hardware and standards as well. The 64-bit Snapdragon 820 SoC that is packed inside the HTC 10 is the same you find in the Xperia X Performance, however, the former has 4GB RAM as compared to the 3GB on the latter. In terms of executing day-to-day tasks, you won’t notice any significant difference.
Looking at the storage options, both devices come equipped with 32GB of expandable storage, however, the HTC 10 can accommodate a microSD card of up to 2TB whereas the Xperia X Performance only manages to support 200GB. The 10 further adds a 64GB variant to the standard offering, something you won’t find with the X Performance.
Camera, battery, and pricing
HTC revised its camera setup and went for a 12MP UltraPixel sensor on the rear that includes things like OIS, dual LED flash, and laser autofocus. On the front part is a 5MP sensor whose major highlights are the UltraPixel technology as well as support for OIS.
On the contrary, the Xperia X Performance packs a 23MP rear snapper that includes features such as single LED flash and phase detection autofocus whereas the front has a massive 13MP selfie sensor. Both handsets are powered by the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and they also include fingerprint readers embedded in their home buttons.
Being slightly larger, the HTC 10 has a slightly larger battery unit of 3000mAh as opposed to the 2700mAh unit packed on the X Performance. Further differences stem from the fact that the 10 is already here whereas the Performance will reportedly be released this coming month.
Apparently, the unlocked variant of HTC 10 costs $699 in the U.S. While there is no information on what the price of the Xperia X Performance will be, based on the $677 price tag slammed on the Xperia X, which is the mid-tier variant of the trio announced by Sony in February (the lower end variant is Sony Xperia XA), chances are high that the high-end model will be priced well beyond $800.